NETGEAR Storage Central Turbo SC101T review: NETGEAR Storage Central Turbo SC101T

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Fast gigabit connection. Easy to use software.

The Bad No Web UI. Very little configurability or features.

The Bottom Line Netgear's NAS offering would be a whole lot better if it actually acted as a NAS. As it stands, it's no better than a crippled external hard drive.

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Netgear's latest addition to the world of networked attached storage isn't a NAS in the traditional sense. Rather than the usual Web UI offering or mapping a networked drive, Netgear configures everything from a local client, and installs a driver which makes the device appear as an ordinary drive on your computer. This makes the device less useful as network storage and more of a backup drive, but it becomes obvious fairly quickly that this was Netgear's decision all along.

The Storage Central Turbo follows the tried and true last generation Apple-esque design of white and grey. The front panel can be lifted off to insert your separately purchased hard drives, the same panel having indication lights for power, hard drive activity and network activity.

The rear is positively sparse, with only the drive releases, power button, gigabit Ethernet port, power jack and an emergency reset hole.

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NETGEAR Storage Central Turbo SC101T

Part Number: CNETNETGEAR Storage Central Turbo SC101T

Typical Price: $349.00

See manufacturer website for availability.